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That Night on Thistle Lane (Swift River Valley Novels Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Carla Neggers
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Book Description

New York Times bestselling author Carla Neggers returns with the second book in the Swift River Valley series, That Night on Thistle Lane, following Secrets of the Lost Summer.

More than just make-believe

Librarian Phoebe O'Dunn deals in stories, but her passion for history has taught her that happy endings are rare. Her life in Knights Bridge, Massachusetts, is safe and uneventful…until she discovers the hidden room.

Among its secrets is a cache of vintage clothing, including a spectacular gown-perfect for a gala masquerade in Boston. In the guise of a princess, Phoebe is captivated by a handsome swashbuckler who's also adopted a more daring persona. Noah Kendrick's wealth has made him wary, especially of women: everybody wants something.

When Noah and Phoebe meet again in Knights Bridge, at first neither recognizes the other. And neither one is sure they can trust the magic of the night they shared—until an unexpected threat prompts them to unmask their truest selves.

After all, it takes more than just the right costume to live out your personal fairy tale. It takes heart…and the courage to be more than you ever dreamed.

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    From Booklist

    Neggers continues her small-town romance series (Secrets of the Lost Summer, 2012) with the story of librarian Phoebe O’Dunn. After she discovers a secret roomful of costumes in the attic of the library, Phoebe decides to join her friends at a masquerade ball, but without telling anyone. She meets and falls for masked swashbuckler Noah, but flees after she overhears others talking about him. Noah’s best friend, Dylan, is marrying Phoebe’s friend Olivia, and soon the two discover each other’s identities. But Noah is wealthy and famous, and dealing with a mysterious follower. Phoebe resists change and fears attachment. Both major and minor characters are fun and well developed here. While the pace is different from Neggers’ romantic-suspense titles, many readers will enjoy the warm atmosphere and sweet romance. The mystery of the costumes in the library is slowly uncovered, but the love story is the main event. Fans of Debbie Macomber will enjoy Neggers’ latest. --Amy Alessio


    "[A] beautifully described tale that rewards readers with an intriguing mystery as well as a deliciously satisfying romance."-Library Journal on Secrets of the Lost Summer

    "Neggers captures readers' attention with her usual flair and brilliance and gives us a romance, a mystery and a lesson in history." -Top Pick, RT Book Reviews on Secrets of the Lost Summer

    "Only a writer as gifted as Carla Neggers could use so few words to convey so much action and emotional depth."-Sandra Brown

    "With a great plot and excellent character development, Neggers' thriller, Saint's Gate, the first in a new series, is a fast-paced, action-packed tale of romantic suspense that will appeal to fans of Lisa Jackson and Lisa Gardner."-Library Journal

    "Saint's Gate is the best book yet from a writer at the absolute top of her craft."-Providence Journal

    "Cold Pursuit is the perfect name for this riveting read. Neggers's passages are so descriptive that one almost finds one's teeth chattering from fear and anticipation."

    "[Neggers] forces her characters to confront issues of humanity, integrity and the multifaceted aspects of love without slowing the ever-quickening pace."-Publishers Weekly

    Product Details

    • File Size: 759 KB
    • Print Length: 366 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0778314200
    • Publisher: Harlequin MIRA (February 1, 2013)
    • Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B009YMNLSS
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Not Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,379 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars You've Got to Love a Librarian February 6, 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I liked this book primarily for its heroine. I'm a sucker for librarian heroines, for one thing. Also, Phoebe was comfortable with herself and with the idea of living a happy, productive single life, but she wasn't bitter about men in general. She also took on other people's problems in a healthy, competent way -- she didn't let others' needs overwhelm her, nor did she let concerns for others (her sisters, her mother) dominate her life. I really liked that she was complete in herself and content with life, rather than needing a man to complete her.

    Other than Pheobe, the book was just okay. There was a little too much "precious small town" vibe for me, and without having read the previous book, I felt disconnected from the other couple (featured as they enjoyed their "happy ending" and worked out some details). The semi-suspense plot wasn't all that interesting, and there was a rather odd, unresolved touch of perhaps paranormal that I wish had gone one way or the other.

    Noah was okay as a hero, and the romance (pretty much on the "sweet" side) was really okay, but I was a bit put off by his millions -- his being wealthy figured into the story mostly in superficial ways, and just didn't seem real or necessary to me.

    Another reviewer said that this book felt "crowded," and I'd have to agree. There's not really much keeping Noah and Phoebe apart, and the book feels almost as concerned with Dylan and Olivia (the couple from the previous book) and with Phoebe's sister and her estranged husband, the secondary romance. None of the relationships were examined very deeply as a result.
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    13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars So Disappointing July 7, 2013
    Format:Mass Market Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
    This is my first book by author, Carla Neggers, and it will probably be my last. I just didn't buy the story.

    I liked the idea of a masked ball and our hero and heroine meeting that way. Neither knew the other's name, but there was a connection, unfortunately that connection seemed forced. The book clocks in at 360 pages, and instead of getting side trips into other characters lives, why didn't the author spend more time on this supposedly 'magical' first meet? They danced, seemed attracted to one another, that's it. No witty banter, nothing. And yet, for some reason it's supposed to be a big secret?

    The ending was anti-climatic, and that's putting it mildly. It was forced and rushed, and though I love a happy ending, it's nice for the characters to work to get theirs.

    As someone else mentioned, I was more interested in a side story between our heroine's, Phoebe O'Dunn, sister and brother in law that I was in the main story.

    But perhaps most telling of all is this line from the back cover:

    "And Neither one is sure they can trust the magic of the night they shared-until and unexpected threat prompts them to unmask their truest selves."

    Sounds intriguing right? I literally JUST finished the book, and I don't know what said threat was supposed to be!

    Poor plot execution, and weak dialogue make this a book, I simply won't return to, nor can I recommend it.
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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read February 5, 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Maybe it's "the ghost", maybe fate, or maybe just Phoebe O'Dunn losing her marbles and accidently finding the door to the secret room in the library attic. Regardless of how she finds it, it changes her life and entices her out of her comfort zone. It makes her take a close look at who she is and what her hopes and dreams really are.

    Phoebe is a "good soul", content, comfortable in her own skin, sensible, dependable, protective of her family and friends and helpful to all. As director of the public library in Knights Bridge, she touches many lives from the children to the senior citizens that lived at the assisted-living community. "Once burned, twice shy". she's had no romantic relationship since her fiancé jilted her within two days of her father's death. But in the secret room something nudges her. The gorgeous Edwardian dress she finds with all its accessories makes her long for more. All alone, she attends the masquerade ball in Boston dressed in the Edwardian costume with a unique mask--just to watch, she tells herself.

    She has her "Cinderella night", her night of mystery. A lean, smooth muscled swashbuckler with fantastic blue eyes, and sexy voice, says, "Dance with me". They glide with grace about the dance floor and everyone admires. He makes her feel like she is floating on air, sexy, wanted and more--desired. She slips away. As she leaves, she hears a one-sided phone conversation with her swashbuckler mentioned--she feels uneasy.

    Noah Kendricks, ex-CEO of NAK, a high-tech entertainment business, is a billionaire with more money coming in all the time, is visiting his longtime friend and business associate Dylan MacCaffrey. Dylan has been invaluable in the building of NAK.
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    10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Easy reading romantic mystery February 2, 2013
    Format:Mass Market Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
    This is a nice sequel to the story of Dylan and Olivia of Secrets of a Lost Summer. Olivia's friend Phoebe has found a cache of vintage clothing in the attic of the Knights Bridge library where she is the head librarian - just in time for the vintage clothing display at the library. With Maggie and Olivia set on attending an upcoming masquerade ball in nearby Boston, Phoebe offers them two of the dresses from the collection. She insists she does not want to attend herself.
    But she changes her mind at the last minute, and sneaks into the masquerade ball in an Edwardian dress, wig, and hat. She tries to stay out of the way of her friends, but Maggie's estranged husband recognizes her. At the same time, Phoebe locks eyes with a handsome Musketeer dressed all in black and wearing a sword. He asks her to dance; she accepts - and falls instantly into the role implied by her costume. Everyone at the ball starts guessing who the handsome couple is, but after their dance they quickly disappear.
    Dylan has persuaded his partner Noah Kendrick to attend the masquerade and then join him and his fiancée Olivia in Knights Bridge after the ball. Noah reluctantly agrees, developing his own costume by wearing his customary all black clothes and adding a mask, a cape, and a sword. With Dylan and Olivia at the Farm at Carriage Hill, Noah and Phoebe meet again - but neither recognizes the other - at first.
    Several mysteries join together to provide additional interest in the story, all contributing to the developing relationship between Phoebe and Noah even as they both try to fight their attraction.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Love knows no boundaries
    What a beautiful love story. Someone can be more than they think. Money should not be. Barrier to take a chance.
    Published 4 days ago by Judy
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    I also enjoy all Carla Neggers book, good fast exciting read.
    Published 23 days ago by Ann Poole
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    Excellent read
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    Great series!
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    I love Carla Neggers books. Never have read a one!
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    Published 2 months ago by Florence Jensen
    5.0 out of 5 stars Neggers nails the dequel
    That Night on Thistle Lane is by Carla Neggers. It follows her book, Secrets of the Lost Summer.
    Phoebe O’Dunn, the director of the library, had found a secret room in the... Read more
    Published 3 months ago by P. Blevins
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
    This second in the series was as good a read as the first one. I would recommend it to my friends, particularly the older ones are who like romance ebooks because it doesn't rely... Read more
    Published 3 months ago by A. M. Hayward
    3.0 out of 5 stars Carla Neggers should get down to earth with this one ...
    Carla Neggers should get down to earth with this one. Talk about fantasy. Very far fetched even for my standards.
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    More About the Author

    Carla Neggers has been spinning stories ever since she climbed a tree with pad and pen at age eleven. Now she is the New York Times bestselling author of almost 70 novels, with millions of books sold in over 30 countries. Her popular Sharpe & Donovan romantic suspense series featuring FBI agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan launched with Saint's Gate in 2011 and has been praised as "a breathtaking reading experience" (Providence Journal) and "gripping and suspenseful" (Nashua Telegraph). In 2012, her Swift River Valley series debuted with Secrets of the Lost Summer, which garnered a starred review from Booklist and a Top Pick from RT Book Reviews and shot onto the New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists.

    Growing up in rural Massachusetts with a Dutch father, a Southern mother and six brothers and sisters, Carla developed an eye for detail and a love of a good story. Her imagination, curiosity and sense of adventure are key to creating the complex relationships, fast-paced plots and deep sense of place in her books.

    When she isn't writing, Carla loves to travel, hike, garden and spend time with family and friends. She and her husband, Joe, are frequent travelers to Ireland and divide their time between Boston and their hilltop home in Vermont, not far from Quechee Gorge.

    For more information and to contact Carla, visit her Web site: and join the conversation at and

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